Aloe Vera is one of those products that has been extensively researched and written about. There are a massive number of potential health benefits whether it’s taken as a drink or used topically on the skin.
As it has been so extensively researched and has been used for centuries we can be in no doubt that it has significant health benefits. If you are like me and are interested in your overall health and wellness I would highly recommend that you have a bottle of this wonder extract in your home. It can be used for insect bites, cuts grazes, sun burn and general skin health and healing.
Personally I have found that it makes a very good shaving gel. Not only does it provide the perfect medium for shaving but it soothes and nourishes the skin at the same time with the assurance that there is nothing harmful being absorbed by the skin. Not only that but a bottle will last many months making it very cost effective… perfect.
Aloe Vera… treasured for centuries for its 75 nutrients. Now you can do the same, and receive all these benefits….
- Soothing. Aloe Vera enhances fibroblast function. Fibroblasts are remarkable little cells responsible for collagen formation. They also assist in the soothing of minor burns, cuts, scrapes and skin irritations.
- Immune support and function. Aloe Vera provides natural support for your immune system. Since your skin is the first exterior line of defence and your immune system works around the clock protecting you, Aloe Vera’s natural immune enhancers give you an arsenal from which to draw.
- Helps produce collagen and elastin. Your skin replenishes itself every 21 to 28 days. Aloe Vera adds a rich supply of building materials to produce and maintain healthy skin to support a youthful appearance! A daily dose of Aloe Vera could be just what your skin is thirsting for.
- Minerals. Minerals found in Aloe Vera include calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. What a powerful storehouse! Since your skin absorbs anything you apply to it, using products with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals can contribute to your overall health.
- Vitamins. Aloe Vera includes vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, folic acid and niacin. Your body simply cannot store some of these vitamins. Using Aloe Vera contributes to building your defence system against oxidative stress!
- Amino acid body-building blocks. Amino acids are your body’s own building blocks. Eight are essential and cannot be produced by your body, but seven of those eight are found in the Aloe plant. Aloe Vera comes closer than any other known plant to the duplication of essential amino acids.
More about Aloe Vera – how to have a glowing complexion and youthful skin
The health benefits of Aloe Vera are extensive and we all know if we are healthy we have the opportunity for wonderful radiant skin! Using the motivation of looking youthful to get healthy is no bad thing, as it is said form follows function. Functional insides = beautiful form.
Optimal skin health can be achieved from addressing the two primary areas of internal health and external or skin health. There is little point smearing our skin with a high quality organic Aloe Vera gel expecting great results if we have a toxic liver, constipation and a terrible diet! So we need to address the various aspects of health that are relevant to the skin, these include optimal nutrition on a daily basis (you’re in the right place for that) drinking enough fresh filtered water daily, optimizing digestion, liver and immune function. These we will review briefly below as they are the foundations for optimal health. The Aloe Vera plant can contribute powerfully to the regenerative process both through drinking it and its influence on improving digestion and in turn absorption of nutrients and also through soothing and nurturing the skin directly.
Food and Digestion
Getting not only the right food but well sourced food is critical to the health of your skin. Buy either locally grown organic foods or organic foods from a trusted source. This should ensure the greatest nutritional value whilst minimizing toxic intake.
Try to especially include lots of dark green leafy vegetables on a daily basis, they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals that will boost your health and so the health of your skin. If you find it hard to eat greens every day you can always try adding wheatgrass shots or a greens product such as Living Fuel Super Greens, personally I maximise my vegetable intake and top it up with Living Fuel Super Greens.. Nothing quite like Swiss chard and spinach for breakfast and a Living Fuel shake for a snack!
Many people have problems digesting their food fully, this usually occurs in those over 60 or perhaps those with illness related to the gut. This ineffective digestion can lead to a lack of vitamins and minerals for the body which can in turn lead to less than optimal skin health.
To make sure you get the best digestion you can ensure that you eat your food in a relaxed environment avoiding obvious stressors. Make sure you chew your food properly; it’s generally considered that you should chew food until its liquid before swallowing and yes, that does include meat. Take a high quality whole leaf Aloe Vera Juice (such as Pukka Aloe Vera Juice – 500ml or NutriGold’s Aloe Vera Juice – 1L) concentrate before meals to stimulate digestive juices.
Water is essential to most if not all functions of the human body particularly for the process of digestion and eliminating of toxins. You will also find that once optimally hydrated (usually this takes about 3 months) you will have more energy, your skin will look more plump and hydrated and you will also notice more quickly if you are not drinking enough.
To work out how much water you need to drink multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.022. I weigh 90kg so need 1.98 litres of water a day at a base level. I actually drink more like 3 litres as when I am teaching I might be talking for up to 6 hours a day which is surprisingly dehydrating!
Exercise is not just about getting the body balanced, functional, toned and lean it’s also about getting moving, getting warmed up and releasing those feel good hormones. When we’re training the cellular gel warms up and becomes more liquid allowing free movement of both nutrients going into the cell and toxins out of the cells so is a vital part of the detox process. Sweating out those toxins is a powerful way to increase skin health. Personally I am not great a doing cardio training (it’s hard to fit in all the elements it takes to be perfectly healthy) but I do go in to a steam room once a week which helps in a similar way.
A final note on robust health and vibrant skin
Aloe Vera Gel is a powerful addition to any skin treatment routine – you will find that a high quality natural organic Aloe Vera is the best option and Dr Mercola has provided us with such a product.
Remember that health is a journey and we should not expect instantaneous results from the majority of health changes that we make. It takes time for the body to rejuvenate and become well and so if you make the suggested changes you should expect to see a very different looking you in about 3-6 months and for full recovery from worse skin conditions it may take 1-2 years depending on where your starting from. This is also the same for other supplements. Healing takes as much time as it needs.
In health and happiness